LOS ANGELES — EPA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) on Dec. 16 at an event held at the San Jose Community and Bea Main Learning Center in Coachella Valley, California, according to a press release.

Local, state and community representatives joined EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld for the celebration, stated the release.

The release reported that EPA has provided the California Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) more than $1.5 billion for statewide infrastructure projects since 1997, and EPA works with the California State Water Resources Control Board, as well as other state and local agencies, to assist providers working with small drinking water systems to enhance their financial, technical and managerial capabilities to supply safe drinking water to communities.

Blumenfeld viewed the water filtration system at the San Jose Community Center that provides drinking water to the center, learning facility and 14 residences as part of the anniversary celebration, continued the release.

EPA also observed the small, individual point-of-use (POU) reverse osmosis (RO) filtration units that have been placed under the kitchen sinks throughout the Gamez Mobile Home Park, noted the release.

“Every day more than 38 million Californians rely on clean water for cooking, washing and bathing,” said Blumenfeld. “We have made incredible progress in improving water quality and are tackling the remaining challenges so that every American will have access to clean drinking water.”

Read the entire release here.